Ebola 'strippers' quarantine, Schools student screen

An Atlanta-area public school district is refusing to enroll any new students from three Ebola-afflicted countries in West Africa without special approval and a medical sign-off, the district said Friday.

The DeKalb County, Georgia, district's move came to light as President Barack Obama is set to name the former chief of staff to both vice presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore as the point man to coordinate the nation's response to the Ebola crisis, a White House official told CNBC.

Also, two male strippers from Texas, Axl Goode and Taylor Cole, quarantined themselves after having sat near an Ebola-infected nurse on a flight from Cleveland on Monday, they told media outlets.

"I'm 26-years-old and I'm scared I'm going to die," Goode wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

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Ron Klain is shown in this Dec. 9, 2000 photo in Tallahassee, Fla.
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Ron Klain is shown in this Dec. 9, 2000 photo in Tallahassee, Fla.

In a press release, the K-12 district said that on Wednesday,"the DeKalb County School District notified all principals and administrators that no new students from Ebola-affected West African countries, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and other affected areas in the United States will be enrolled or allowed to attend classes on school campuses without proper medical documentation and approval by the Superintendent."

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"Additionally, the Superintendent has urged all principals and administrators to be vigilant. They are to inform all staff to be observant for anyone exhibiting a fever in the school and immediately ask if they have traveled to or come into contact with someone who has traveled to an Ebola affected region," the district said in its release.

The district's move came a day after CNBC revealed that Navarro College in Texas, a two-year community college, was notifying international applicants that it currently is not admitting students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases.

Officials call for air travel ban

Also Friday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined a growing chorus of officials in calling for a ban on air travel into the United States from countries worst hit in the latest Ebola outbreak.

Perry spoke after it was revealed that Obama was selecting Ron Klain as the first U.S. Ebola "czar."

Klain's appointment comes as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has been overseeing Ebola containment efforts, has come under fire for its handling of an initial case in Dallas that led to two nurses becoming infected this month, as well as the monitoring of well over a hundred other people who had exposure to these Ebola patients.

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CDC has been criticized for not having immediately sent a larger team to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and for shifting recommendations about the protective gear used by health-care workers dealing with Ebola patients.

Obama on Thursday first talked about naming an Ebola czar, saying, "It may be appropriate for me to appoint an additional person, not because they haven't been doing an outstanding job, really working hard on this issue, but they are also responsible for a whole bunch of other stuff."

The appointment of Klain, who is a lawyer and not a medical doctor, adds yet another face to the administration's response to the Ebola crisis, which at various times have included CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Obama himself.

Klain will report to Obama's national security advisor, Susan Rice, as well as to Lisa Monaco, the White House counterterrorism advisor.

"We call him the 'Ebola response coordinator,' " said White House spokesman Josh Earnest about Klain, who will assume his new responsibilities "very soon."

Klain "has a strong management experience both inside and outside government . . . has strong relationships with members of Congress," Earnest noted as he said Klain would be in charge of making sure US health-care, military, customs and homeland security agencies all worked well together in their response to the deadly virus.

Brushing aside concerns about Klain's lack of health-care experience, Earnset said Obama was looking for "an implementation expert . . . and that is exactly what is needed."

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Protester holds a sign reading Stop the Flights in front of the White House, October 16, 2014.
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Protester holds a sign reading Stop the Flights in front of the White House, October 16, 2014.

A new CBS poll out Friday morning found that just 37 percent of Americans think the agency is doing an "excellent or good" job—23 percentage points less than the number of people who gave the same responses to a Gallup poll in May.

Ebola 'fear factor'

And in a report issued Friday, Goldman Sachs said increasing public fear over Ebola poses potential obstacles to the global economy, with a worst-case impact that would be in line with the effect of the 9/11 terror attacks and the 2003 SARS outbreak.

While "direct disruptions to the global supply chain," are "likely to be limited," Goldman economist Kris Dawsey said in the report, transportation and global shopping hubs could take a hit should concerns about the virus grow.

During a briefing Friday morning, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, when asked about having to now report to another person in authority over the Ebola crisis, said, "I don't know exactly what is meant by a 'czar,' but we will follow the lead of the president and of Secretary Burwell."

Tommy Thompson, former Wisconsin governor and ex-HHS secretary, in a tweet was critical about the announcement.

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, said, "This appointment is both shocking and frankly tone deaf to what the American people are concerned about."

"Installing yet another political appointee who has no medical back ground or infectious disease control experience will do little to reassure Americans who are increasingly losing confidence with the Administration's Ebola strategy," Murphy said. "Not one of the medical experts who testified at our hearing yesterday said what is needed to stop the spread of the Ebola virus is a czar, spokesman,or campaign operative with no relevant experience telling them what to do. We need leadership from the president and changes to the current policies to end the scourge of Ebola here and in Western Africa.


Also Friday, health-care workers in Texas who dealt with now-dead Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan were asked not to travel, as one now-infected nurse and a lab supervisor both have done.

A top international health agency admitted it badly screwed up efforts to stop the disastrous Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the worst outbreak on record.

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The World Health Organization, which is coordinating that response, says "nearly everyone" involved failed to anticipate how bad this outbreak could get, as a result of incompetent staff and a lack of information, according to an internal document obtained by the Associated Press.

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WHO's own bureaucracy bears much of the blame, according to the group, which noted that heads of its offices in African countries are "politically motivated appointments." So far, about 4,500 people have died from the current Ebola outbreak, mainly in the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and WHO has warned there could be 10,000 new cases per week in the region by December.

The situation in Dallas has forced officials to monitor what are now more than 130 people who had contact or possible contact with the first Ebola patient there, Duncan, who died Oct. 8. Officials now also are tracing what could be more than 200 people who were on commercial flights with Texas Health nurse Amber Joy Vinson, who traveled to and from Cleveland last week to prepare for her wedding.

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Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola on Tuesday, and is now being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Another infected nurse, Nina Pham, is being treated at the National Institutes of Health, just outside of Washington, D.C., where she arrived late Thursday night.

Fauci told reporters that Pham is in fair condition.

"We have hope that Nina Pham will recover completely and walk out of this hospital," Fauci said.

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Carnival Cruise Lines revealed Friday that one of its passengers aboard the Carnival Magic has been placed in isolation after CDC informed the cruise line that a lab supervisor at Texas Health, who had been involved in testing samples in Duncan's case, was sailing on that ship.

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"At no point in time has the individual exhibited any symptoms or signs of infection and it has been 19 days since she was in the lab with the testing samples," Carnival Cruise said. "She is deemed by CDC to be very low risk. At this time, the guest remains in isolation on board the ship and is not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew."

The ship was barred from docking by the government of Belize, in Central America, and then again was denied permission to dock as scheduled at Cozumel in Mexico, the cruise line said. The ship now is headed to Galveston, Texas, where it is scheduled to arrive Sunday. Carnival is giving its passengers a $200 credit on their shipboard accounts, and a 50 percent discount on future cruises because of the situation, which "we deeply regret," the company said.

Requests to limit travel

CDC's Frieden said Vinson and other Texas Health health-care providers who had contact with Duncan should not have traveled with the general public because of the risk that they could be infected.

Authorities in Texas now are asking such workers to agree not to travel with the public or go to any places that people congregate.

In Texas, the state will ask health-care workers who had contact with Duncan to sign an agreement not to fly, use public transportation or go to populated areas, said Philip Haigh, a spokesman for Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

It is not an order, but Haigh said that health officials expected the workers to comply.

"They already know what they're supposed to do," Haigh told NBC News. "These are health-care workers. They wouldn't endanger people's lives with unnecessary risks."

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In a statement released Thursday night by Kent State University in Ohio, where Vinson has several family members who work, her uncle Lawrence said: "Our family has been overwhelmed with support and love for Amber and our extended family over the last 72 hours, and we thank you for those prayers and well wishes. Amber is stable, and we are continuing to work with her doctors as her treatment progresses. Amber is a respected professional and has always had a strong passion for nursing. She followed all of the protocols necessary when treating a patient in Dallas, and right now, she's trusting in her doctors and nurses as she is now the patient."